Singapore office rents fall in 3Q2023 on weaker demand: JLL

JLL’s research shows that gross efficient lease for Level A workplace in the CBD slipped 0.3% q-o-q to approximately $11.29 psf monthly in 3Q2023, below $11.32 psf per month in 2Q2023.

The decline originates from continuous economic tensions, claims Andrew Tangye, head of office leasing and advisory for JLL Singapore. “The unsure near-term outlook coming from a mixture of slowing down financial progress, geopolitical stress and rising costs have actually continued to maintain occupiers wary plus cost-conscious, leading to weaker office space take-up,” he includes.

He associates the lesser rents to extra supply from office space supply being actually gone back to the marketplace “at an escalating rate” as more occupants right-size upon lease renewal to manage costs.

Tay Huey Ying, JLL Singapore’s head of study and consultancy, concords, including that workplace rent correction became extra prevalent this previous quarter. “Our analysis reveals that greater than 15 assets commanded lesser leas in 3Q2023 than in 2Q2023, which grabbed down the standard leas for CBD Grade An area for the very first time since they turned around in 2Q2021.”

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She expects descending force on workplace rents to intensify, with leas correcting further in the coming months amidst the existing macroeconomic atmosphere and arriving workplace supply. “Against the backdrop of an influx of future projects challenging for a limited pool of renters, the short-term overrun of office could end up being a lot more noticable,” she adds.

Singapore office space leas decreased in 3Q2023, according to data disclosed by JLL in a Sept 25 press release. The consultancy adds that it denotes the first quarterly decline following 9 constant quarters of office space rental development in the city-state.

3 workplace ventures are arranged for conclusion in the CBD over the next 24 months– IOI Central Boulevard Towers (1.3 million sq ft) and also Keppel South Central (0.6 million sq ft) in 2024, and also the redeveloped Shaw Tower (0.4 million sq ft) in early 2025. JLL states that to date, over 1.5 million sq ft is predicted to be still uninvolved.

Beyond the temporary headwinds, the medium-term overview for Singapore’s Grade A CBD office space leasing market remains bright, JLL suggests. Interest will certainly be upheld by Singapore’s burgeoning credibility as a global center, while the supply of office in the CBD will certainly stay constrained by a shortage of greenfield locations along with URA’s emphasis on injecting more live and play places downtown.

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